By VIRGINIA R. WILLIAMS
Tech students might know David Orges
best as the aviator-wearing-blue man who tries to motivate every Tech fan into
a riotous uproar, but today students and ESPN lovers can know him as Mr.
Orges, a junior sociology
major, ran for the title of ESPN’s first Mr. Bracket and was announced as the
winner April 4.
“Mr. Bracket is a title being given to the craziest and
most devoted, passionate, supportive college basketball fan,” Paul Melvin,
associate communications manager for ESPN, said.
Orges was often painted head to
toe in blue, red and white for athletic events. He drove 79 hours to Reno,
Nev., to support the Lady Techsters.
He also founded The Blue, a new spirit organization
helping students show pride for Tech.
When Orges heard he won the
title of Mr. Bracket he could not contain himself.
“I can’t believe I
won,” Orges said.
Melvin said this is the first year ESPN has hosted the
contest, and only a few schools were directly focused on by ESPN.
“The contest was featured primarily on www.ESPN.com, with
some secondary, on-campus and media outreach at the four schools we visited,”
The schools included Gonzaga
University-Sponkane, University of California-Los
Angeles, University of Tennessee-Knoxville and University of
Orges said he learned of the
contest from a friend who told him to at least consider entering the contest.
Orges said he had to fill out
an application and send in other information for the contest.
“I first had to send a picture and a blurb about 75 words
or less telling about crazy stuff I do as a fan,” Orges
Orges said there were
originally 65 males running for Mr. Bracket, and after the first round of
semifinals, only eight contestants were left.
“I made a video for the second part [of the contest] that
talked about myself,” Orges
said. “I had to sign an affidavit to allow ESPN the right to use my video on
the Internet and on TV.”
Orges started asking fellow
students to vote for him after realizing he had a shot at winning.
He has replaced his facebook
picture with a message asking for votes and his car has paint asking for votes.
“Some of my friends told their friends from other schools
to vote for me so that students from Duke would not win,” Orges
Orges said one guy came up to
him in the cafeteria and said, “I voted for you for Mr. Bracket.”
He said hearing support boosted his confidence in fellow
students and his ability to win.
Dane DePriest, a friend of Orges and a junior secondary education major, said he voted
“I think it is just really cool for Tech, a not very
well-known school, to get great recognition for [Orges]
winning, especially against all of the other schools involved,” DePriest said.
Orges said he is honored to
represent Tech as Mr. Bracket. Just the title of Mr. Bracket is cool, and the
new ESPN mobile phone and the services that come with it are good, too.
After Orges stopped his
enthusiastic scream from winning, he said, “This is the greatest thing ever.”